Hibs Fanzone

Pat Underhill, Northfield: "It wasn't to be our day, again. It was right against the run of play and at the very end of the first half that we lost the opening goal. The defence switched off and allowed the players an easy task to cross the ball into the middle and sloppy marking allowed the players to score.

"It was a derby that didn't hit any heights for chances or excitement and the flair players such as Zemmama and Riordan were hammered as soon as they got the ball. The changes that were made in defence to accommodate the loss of Sol Bamba didn't seem to work either as McCormack and Hanlon struggled at full back and the middle two of Hogg and Murray didn't play well and didn't look comfortable at all. The goal we got was a good move when Derek Riordan received a great cross ball and his touch took him round the full back and a pin point cross found Anthony Stokes and he headed a great equaliser, no more that we deserved.

"We were on the front foot at this point but a stupid head-butt saw McCormack getting sent off along with a Hearts player who started it. The game ended with both teams scoring, both having a player sent off and both sets of fans happy they didn't lose the game. Man of the match for me was Liam Miller who did everything him self, he showed his class time and time again throughout the game. Referee was good, Charlie Richmond has improved immensely recently and got all the decisions correct and was good.

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Ian McGuire, Southside: "Once we worked out that we had to compete physically if we wanted anything out of this game it was far too late to take the three points. We stood back and allowed them possession time and time again and they took full advantage.

"It could have been a repeat of last Sunday's mauling if we were playing anyone decent but it was only Hearts. The goal conceded was avoidable as a series of mistakes allowed it to happen. First Referee paid no heed to a blatant hook on Miller. Second McCormack allowed Nade to turn Hogg, allowed a 19-year-old loose in the box to score, not good enough even against such a poor side as Hearts. The game was not very good as Hearts anti-football policy was in full flow, it was very noticeable when Ian Murray was twice hacked down making driving runs into their half.

"We scored at last when Riordan actually received a decent pass, he got his head up to spot his strike partner Anthony Stokes at the far post and Stokes does what Stokes does best and flashed his header passed the Jambo keeper.

Minutes later a couple of head bangers saw red for sticking the head on each other as McCormack reacted angrily to Palazuelos putting one on him and then the game fizzled out as a draw.

"I thought Stokes was Hibs' best player as he looked likely to score at will and will give him the man of the match recommendation. Referee Richmond didn't get very much wrong, the only discontentment I have was when he ignores the hook on Miller in the lead-up to their goal."